Screen and Speakers
The MSI GT783 has a 17.3-inch full HD (1920×1080) “Super Clear Ultra Bright” matte display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and LED backlighting. Overall, the display is amazing – the 1080p resolution allows users to see everything in full clarity and is really only the norm for workstations and gaming laptops. The display is one of the first things you will notice about the machine, if not the first.
We measured the brightness at an average of 263 nits, which is above average. The contrast ratio measured in at a wonderful 711:1, which means playing video and games while looking at this screen will be prove to be enjoyable. The ratio didn’t surpass the 1000:1 mark like we thought it might, but anything over 600:1 is still good.
The viewing angles are also quite good. We were able to bend the display forward about 20 degrees before images started inverting. Similarly, we were able to bend it side-to-side about 50 degrees or more before the images became distorted.
The audio is incredible. The two speakers are placed in probably the best location for the listening experience, too – directly below the display, instead of on the front of the notebook. The GT783 has Realtek HD audio and drivers. The audio enhancements for the drivers include environment, voice cancellation, pitch shift, equalizer, virtual sound, and loudness equalization. The audio reaches great highs and lows and sounds fantastic even at 100 percent volume, with little to no distortion. In fact, if you put the volume at 100 percent, there is a good chance that will be too high. Better yet, the GT783 comes bundled with a SteelSeries Siberia V2 headset for free (MSRP = $100), a gaming headset that can also be hooked up to a console (as long as the console has a USB port). I personally own the Siberia headset and have been using it for several months now, and it receives my full recommendation.
Keyboard and Touchpad
XoticPC’s website states that the keyboard on the GT783 is a “keyboard for gamers.” It’s a full-size Chiclet-style backlit keyboard (do traditional keyboard layouts even exist anymore?) with extra spacing between the keys to help with key flow, and it was manufactured by SteelSeries. We’d rate the typing experience as “good,” as in it’s not the best, but typos will probably be at a minimum for most users. It was also a comfortable typing experience – which is almost just as important. Aesthetically, the backlighting is brilliant and bold. The light is most definitely bright enough to see all of the keys in a darkly lit room. There are a total of six colors, 1,000 color combinations, and the MSI Keyboard LED Manager program allows you to choose from five pre-set color modes or to just customize your own.
The quick keys on the top of the chassis are so neat that it’s worth taking a moment out to talk about them. There are eight in all; when you press one, they turn red to indicate that it’s activated. They have many handy uses from turning Intel TurboBoost on for maximum processor performance, to opening the optical drive, to turning the keyboard backlight and Bluetooth device off.
The Synaptics touchpad is textured (bumpy) and also works well. However, we did notice that while moving your fingers horizontally across the surface is effortless, vertically is a little harder if you have moisture on them. Other than that, cursor movement is on par and we liked that there are two physical buttons to make this a real touchpad instead of a buttonless clickpad.